About Kent State of Wellness
In line with Kent State University’s vision to make the health of its community members a priority, the university’s healthy campus initiative, Kent State of Wellness, will foster a culture of health and wellness for students and employees at all Kent State campuses.
Kent State of Wellness is one of Kent State's University-level Initiatives in the Strategic Roadmap. Strategies are being identified to improve the health of Kent State community members in the eight priority areas that include recommended changes to university policies, the environment and encouragement for individual behavior change. These strategies are grounded in the American College Health Association's Healthy Campus 2020 framework. Kent State took the American College Health Association's Healthy Campus Pledge, declaring our commitment to promote and support a healthier campus community. To date, we are the only public institution in Ohio, and one of only two Ohio institutions, to take this pledge.
Melissa Celko, who holds the Kent State of Wellness Director endowed position, oversees Kent State’s Healthy Campus Initiative.
Kent State's strategic focus on the health and well-being of students received national recognition. Active Minds, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising mental health awareness among college students, announced Kent State as a winner of the prestigious 2018 Healthy Campus Award.
Active Minds worked with the nation’s leading experts in student and campus health and conducted an extensive assessment to select the winners. Kent State emerged as a leader for its creativity, teamwork, innovation and excellence. The university also stood out for championing student voices, working collaboratively and using data and metrics to guide and consistently improve efforts for students.
Some components of the healthy campus initiative already are being implemented, such as the university’s wellness programs for employees; implementation of the smoke-free, tobacco-free policy; and the minigrant program.